Invertebrate Zoologist

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 Invertebrate Zoologist – The Royal Ontario Museum

 The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) houses some of Canada’s most important collections in both Natural History and World Cultures. The Department of Natural History at the ROM ( currently invites applications for the position of an entry-level (equivalent to Assistant Professor) Curator of Invertebrate Zoology (exclusive of terrestrial arthropods) to conduct field and collections-related research.

 The successful applicant will be expected to develop a program of externally funded scholarly research and publications; curate and continue building the disciplinary collection of invertebrates; participate in the development and rotation of new permanent galleries and travelling exhibitions; and actively participate and contribute to development of public programming in a variety of formats from on-site to on-line. The successful candidate will be the public spokesperson for Invertebrate Zoology at the ROM.


Posted Date 2013-11-29
Closing Date 2014-01-15
Department Natural History
Type Full-Time
Salary Salary and years in rank are commensurate with experience as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and ROM Curatorial Association


We seek a candidate who conducts conceptually driven, collection-based research on the systematics and evolution of any group of invertebrates outside of terrestrial arthropods. We seek applications from candidates whose research programs fit well with the highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research in the ROM’s Department of Natural History and complements our close partnership with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto ( Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in systematic biology and be well versed in modern phylogenetic methods for analyzing DNA and/or morphological datasets, phylogenomics, evolutionary biology, or historical biogeography; a record of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed journals; be qualified for cross-appointment to the University of Toronto, demonstrate potential for teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and be eligible for NSERC funding in support of their research (i.e. proven record of successful grant applications). Experience in a museum or equivalent environment is preferable.

The Royal Ontario Museum is a leading institution in the study of Systematics and Evolution with a recognized group of curators performing research in temperate and tropical regions of the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa. Strong links exist between the Department of Natural History and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Parks Canada.



How to Apply

Applications for the position will be accepted until January 15, 2014. Informal inquiries before application are welcome and should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Allan J. Baker ( Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a summary of their research, and an outline of their proposed research, and should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation sent on their behalf to:

 Human Resources and Organizational Development Department

The Royal Ontario Museum

100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 2C6

Fax: (416) 586-5827


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience as stipulated in the Collective Agreement between the ROM and the ROM Curatorial Association.

 The ROM is committed to fair and accessible employment practices. Upon request, suitable accommodations are available under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) to applicants invited to an interview.